SC junior center Kevin Williams, who was the Daily Mail Kanawha Valley Rookie of the Year in 2011, did not score at Princeton. Herbert said Williams battled foul trouble for most of the game before fouling out.
"Williams, (Trevond) Reese and A.D. (Cunningham) didn't play at all in the second quarter that game because they were all in foul trouble," Herbert said.
"It's good that we're deep, because we'd probably have gotten beat."
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BECKLEY SENIOR point guard Andrew Johnson had nine assists - six in the second half - during the Flying Eagles' win at Hurricane. His stat line, which also included 18 points, six rebounds and a steal, wasn't enough to keep Coach Ron Kidd from wanting a little more in the way of consistency.
"He's good but, he kind of plays point guard like he's playing football, you know," Kidd said. "He's a little too eager sometimes to go at somebody when it's best to pull back."
Johnson was a two-time Class AAA All-State football selection for Coach John Lilly's Flying Eagle football team. He was named as a punter his junior year, then as a defensive back in 2012. He quarterbacked the team to consecutive playoff appearances as its leading rusher and passer.
In Beckley's 2-0 start to the basketball season, Johnson is averaging 14.5 points. The Eagles beat perennial Class AA power Wyoming East 82-56 in their opener Dec. 11.
Johnson displayed some self-criticism as well after the win. He said Beckley could have done a better job of attacking Hurricane's 2-3 zone, and that the Eagles needed to improve their patience on offense. He added that the team's offensive rebounding ability has been key early this season.
"Everybody hits the boards," Johnson said. "You've got to be tough to get rebounds, especially offensive rebounds. You've got to be able to give yourself those second-chance points."
Beckley had 52 rebounds in the win, while Hurricane had 28.
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A HIGH school oddity has developed this year in that there was no preseason rankings of the state's top teams. The Associated Press operates the boys and girls basketball polls for West Virginia, unlike in football, whose poll is operated by the Daily Mail.
The first rankings of the season will appear the week of Jan. 7.